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Great last tour for 2016-2017
We had a really outstanding two nights and three days in Tateyama, the big Alpine area that's long been a Dancing Snow favorite. We got in midday on Friday, just enough to get to our lodging at Raicho-so and then get out for a hike up Raicho-sawa.

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The second day saw some pretty bad weather, but while the rain and wind were howling and pounding we enjoyed a quiet coffee, extra soaks in the onsen (with the amazing views out over the mountains), then got out during a two hour break from 2 for another hike up among the raicho (ptarmigans) all over Raicho-sawa and a really fun slide down. Then on day three — with blue skies and warm sun — we headed up toward Ichi-no-okoshi, depot'ed our gear and climbed up the back of Mt. Yodo. Super fun steep slopes, soft snow, first tracks....

Take a look at our Facebook page, and be sure to join us next season! We'll be adding firm dates for May 2018 soon, and maybe even for November 2017 (always fun to see if we get enough snow before the mountain closes down in the third week of the month).

Exterior Welcome to the new Dancing Snow World Headquarters!

We're very happy to have a new home to welcome our tour guests, and to provide more backcountry gear, rentals, and even sales of some great Myoko products! Dancing Snow is now located just below the Myoko Sky Cable at Akakan. We have:

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• Tour and telemark ski, skins, snowshoe and pole rentals
• Avalanche gear rentals, including BCA transceivers, BCA airbags and cylinders for BCA airbags (don't bother bringing one from overseas!)
• BCA Beacon Park: practice using your avalanche gear in a realistic and fun way
• Sales of BCA and K2 equipment
• Sales of unique Myoko items
• And much more—come see us!


Dancing Snow is a BCA Snow Safety Center
  BCA logo Dancing Snow provides sales and rental of beacons, airbags and air cylinders from BCA, the premier manufacturer of snow safety goods. Float 32 airbag

The air cylinders for Japan are different than those for Europe and North America, meaning they can't be filled in the country—so just rent a cylinder, or a complete Float airbag system, for your stay in Myoko. Let us know well ahead on the airbags, though, so we can be sure and have one ready for you.


Our approach
You don't have to be a mountaineer to have a great adventure in the hills.

If you're pushing your own abilities, testing yourself and trying new things, you’re having an adventure—even if it just means getting on skis for the first time ever. (Or your first descent from a 2,000-meter peak in 50cm+ of fresh snow—face shots or face plants, laughing all the way down.)

Our goal is to help you find a new adventure, right here in the beautiful setting of Myoko. We love being out here, and showing our guests some of the best places to play in the snow. Myoko is a pretty mellow and fun place—with lots of snow—and our approach is likewise to have fun, to enjoy the great scenery and slopes, and make some new friends from around the world. And, of course, to do it safely.

Dancing Snow was founded at least in part to answer the needs of an increasing number of international travelers, while also welcoming Japanese guests as well. In fact, some of our favorite tours in recent years have been with groups combining all kinds of people—it's amazing how quickly people start speaking both Japanese and English!

We welcome Alpine/AT/randonée skiers, telemarkers and snowboarders for all our tours. We use snowshoes and light Nordic skis for our hiking courses.

For tours, we really focus on going to local peaks and skiing down. We don't—and can't—do sidecountry (skiing directly off the lifts). One course has minimal hiking, but it's up and away from the ski area. A lot of countries have had to decide how to handle skiing in the trees, etc., and change is definitely coming to Japan. But as part of the local community, Dancing Snow, like our other local guide friends, have agreed to hike up for our skiing down. In Myoko, the climbing is what we find more fun, and more rewarding.

If that sounds good to you, too, we're looking forward to climbing with you!

For snow hiking, anybody's welcome—we'll go as far as you feel comfortable, and make sure that our lunchtime break is something that you'll enjoy.
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